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Canadian man charged at UPS Store with scamming 81-year-old woman

A Canadian man who walked into a Union Road UPS Store to pick up a package on Tuesday morning instead was greeted by Cheektowaga police.

That's because an 81-year-old Iowa woman sent the man a package with $8,312 in cash inside, according to investigators.

Daniel Dumesh, 26, of Holland Landing, Ont., was charged with grand larceny. (Cheektowaga police)

Daniel Dumesh, 26, of Holland Landing, Ont., was charged with grand larceny. (Cheektowaga police)

Daniel Dumesh of Holland Landing, Ont., scammed the woman, police said.

The woman got a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent who told her she won the Australian lottery. She was told to send the precise dollar amount in cash in order to cover the attorneys' fees for processing her supposed prize, Cheektowaga police said.

An alert store employee contacted police because he felt something wasn't right about the package.

Dumesh, 26, was arrested and charged with grand larceny. He was uncooperative with detectives, police said.

Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul Piotrowski arraigned Dumesh and set bail at $25,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Dumesh was sent to the Erie County Holding Center.

Cheektowaga police said they urge the public to ignore all calls and requests to send cash or gift cards.

An investigation is ongoing.

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